While my American family and friends prepare for the big Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, and our European Christmas markets simultaneously get ready to open....
Here's what Astrid and I did last Saturday when Sinterklaas arrived in the Netherlands, letting all the Children know he'll see them on December 5!
For one thing, we needed more flour for Astrid's bread machine and cornmeal for my cornbread (from the windmill in Woudrichem). So it was the perfect day to take the ferry across the river to see our Sister City. We were there in August, remember?
It's only a hop, skip and a jump from our apartment to our Merwede riverfront where we catch the ferry.
By now, most of this should look familiar to you, yes?
Because we got there in plenty of time, we had a chance to see Mr. Cormorant drying off his wings.
It made an easy photo op because he stayed out-stretched for what seemed like forever.
Once on the ferry, it was good to look back on our own city, Gorinchem, with her beautiful landmarks,
while across the river we saw our sister waving to us (middle center and bottom).
There she is, Woudrichem, as seen from the river entrance.
We've really grown to love this city. After all, she's family!
Immediately we headed off to the windmill, for two reasons...
to get our flours and to have a nice koffie break in the bunker café below.
We were too early in August when we wanted to check it out...De Kruitkelder.
This time we intended to have lunch there but during the winter months, they only serve koffie...
and all kinds of goodies, like these Woudrichem slof rolls.
With that extra energy, we then slowly walked to a new place for lunch,
catching some of the sights along the way (this team was there before and after!).
Woudrichem is a harbor city, like Gorinchem, oozing with charm.
Can you tell which boat was my favorite? HA!
You almost forget you're going for lunch when you walk in such places.
Guess where we ate lunch? Who knew it was a restaurant!
After all these times of seeing this place near the salmon boats, we finally got to go there.
It's the De Stroming restaurant, sitting on two boats in the harbor.
OMG. Talk about charm!
It's our new best place to take all our guests, whenever they come. Seriously.
They even have Woudrichem's own beer, Woerkumer, an abbey beer made in Belgium for them.
It was getting late when we headed back to the ferry for our trip home.
This time, waiting on this side of the river, Mr. Heron entertained us.
How can he scrunch his long neck in like that?
And OH, don't forget Sinterklaas. He had arrived in Gorinchem at 10 a.m.
and was getting ready to arrive in Woudrichem at 5 p.m.
In fact we passed him on the ferry. See him?
And just like that, we caught the Golden Hour while on the ferry home.
(Astrid took the pic of the cannon!)
I guess you know I'm going to say it...but I feel like my whole life is the Golden Hour,
even if it does mean I miss being with my family over the Thanksgiving weekend!
On Friday we're off to Belgium for a long weekend, to see the Christmas markets in Ostend and Bruges.
But first, Happy Thanksgiving to you who celebrate it.
May your Horn of Plenty be full!